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(@oct_isforme)
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Hi everyone. I was just wondering if any one would like to recommend some local places to eat while we are in St. Thomas. We want to sample some of the local food instead of the same old stuff we can get here in the states. I like to experiment at little "hole in the wall" places instead of the usual tourist cuisine. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Also, I read a post about getting fresh coconut at local stands. Is this a seasonal thing or year round?

Thanks again.

 
Posted : September 27, 2009 4:33 pm
(@iamolly)
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Our favorite place for local food is at Fungi's located at Point Pleasant Resort. You can get coconuts year round at one of the fruit stands in Smith Bay, ask the lady to open it for you. She is a wizard with her machete. There is also a man that sells them out of the back of his truck in front of the Fort Mylner Center in the Tutu area.

Have a great trip!

Molly

 
Posted : September 28, 2009 9:09 am
(@retrembl)
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Hi Isforme,

if you contact me by e-mail I'll send you an attachment that has a lot of great places to dine while on the island

[email protected]

To start;
Italian - VIRGILIO'S - @ Downtown Charlette Amalia
Cuban - Havana Blue @ Morning Star Beach
Molley Malones - @ Red Hook
King Crab & Filets to die for - Agave' @ Point Pleasant

Richard T
Owner of a timeshare at Bluebeards Beach Club

 
Posted : September 28, 2009 11:54 am
(@theislander)
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Hello,

Ditto Molly's suggestion for Fungi's at Point Pleasant, their menu includes local dishes (fish, chicken, roti, sides of plantain and so on) plus they also have burgers, sandwiches etc.

Another option for local dishes is Cuzzins which is located downtown in Charlotte Amalie.

If you like hot sauce you can ask the wait staff if they have any home made hot sauce; be sure to ask whether its hot or super hot. Might put some on the side of your plate to sample before putting it in your food. If they don't have something home made they often will have some bottles of a locally made hot sauce.

You can also sample some to-go local food items like pates and johnny cake from road side vans. For example downtown on the road between Emancipation Park and Vendors Plaza there is usually a van that has pates, chicken and johnny cake and some other items. They also usually have local drinks like passion-fruit juice, peanut punch etc.

--Islander

 
Posted : September 28, 2009 3:04 pm
(@east-ender)
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Okay, don't laugh...totally out of the usual tourist route- the cafeteria at Schneider Regional Medical Center. Huge amounts of local food. One of the best bargains on the island...

And ditto Cuzzin's. Try the conch! Yum...

 
Posted : September 28, 2009 6:13 pm
(@bassman)
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Don't forget Gladis's (sp?) in one of the alleys in CA. Her hot sauce is the best.

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 8:31 am
(@linda-j)
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On STX the cafeteria at K-mart has wonderful local food.

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 10:36 am
(@stt-resident)
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A Cautionary Hot Sauce Tale

A few years back a BIG man wearing a BIG hat walked into my place and settled himself at the bar. His hat was bumping the people in the adjacent chairs as he moved his head and I finally leaned out and asked him very nicely if he would mind removing the hat.

"Ahm from TAYxas, Ma'am", he boomed, "And we ALWAYS wear our hats indoors." I nicely explained that he wasn't in Texas now and that his hat was bumping the people next to him. He quietly grumbled but removed it. When he took it off I could sort of understand the reluctance as although he had a flourishing beard and long sideburns, there was absolutely nothing on top.

Anyway, he ordered dinner and then asked me, "Ma'am, you got any HOT sauce?" As I handed the server a little cup of my home-made hot sauce I said to the gentleman, "Sir, please use caution. I make it myself and it's VERY hot!"

"Ma'am," he replied, "In TAYXAS we know ALL about hot sauce!" Without even tasting it or smelling it he threw it all over his dinner and proceeded to eat. The anticipation was almost too much to bear. His face started turning redder with every mouthful, the perspiration started pouring down his face and, at just the right moment, I leaned over and said, "Excuse me sir, how's the hot sauce?"

He looked up, opened his mouth - and nothing but a cracking squeak emerged. The hot sauce had temporarily paralyzed his vocal cords.

I quickly went into the storeroom and spent the next couple of minutes trying to muffle my laughter while punching the air in victory and mouthing, YES! YES!

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 12:45 pm
(@theislander)
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Bassman - almost right on the spelling - its Glady's Cafe. They have good rotis. 🙂

Another option for good local food on St. Thomas is Atlantic Seafood. It is at the corner by the entrance for the airport; the actual airport entrance where you turn in and get a ticket to park. Its on the left side of the road, opposite the airport entrance. Grab a plate to go and then drive to the little park by Emerald Beach (just a minute drive away) and eat with a nice view of the water.

--Islander

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 12:55 pm
(@exit-zero)
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I like the local fish and conch items on the menu at Victors Hideout - nice view over Crown Bay and I have been going there for dinner for years.

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 1:20 pm
(@iamolly)
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They have a great Jerk chicken at Coki Beach. I know that they are doing work over there so I'm not sure what venders are open.

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 1:22 pm
(@vi-lover)
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STT Resident - great story! I actually KNOW a couple guys who'd behave just like that!

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 3:43 pm
(@east-ender)
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STT Res: A true Texas gentleman would always take his hat off when he goes indoors. That guy was a yahoo, or an Aggie! 😉

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 4:22 pm
(@oct_isforme)
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East Ender:
Being a native Texan, I have to agree. Except..... the story reminded me of many t-sippers I know. 🙂

Can't wait to get down there and try all of this great food. I am a nurse and actually believe the food at the hospital is good-- but Kmart??? Is somebody pulling my leg?

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 4:54 pm
(@east-ender)
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Uh-oh...an Aggie is coming?? Well, lots o'Texans around here, so you are in good hands! 😉

 
Posted : September 29, 2009 9:20 pm
(@theislander)
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Hi Octisforme,

Linda isn't pulling your leg as far as the K-mart cafeteria being good for getting local food to eat. It has been a while since I have eaten at the K-mart cafeteria in St. Thomas (Tutu location), but the food was always tasty in the past when I grabbed a to-go plate. They had things like stewed chicken, fish, different sides.

--Islander

 
Posted : September 30, 2009 1:04 pm
(@iamolly)
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They have some pretty good hotwings as well at Kmart.

 
Posted : September 30, 2009 1:38 pm
(@stt-resident)
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And Plaza Xtra in the Tutu Park Mall serves up some pretty good grub too, most reasonably priced! Those ladies often excel themselves and a big plate for $7.99 is ample for two.

 
Posted : September 30, 2009 2:31 pm
(@tunisbridal)
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Thirteen has great food. Small rest. on the North Side. Also North Side Bistro. - great sunsets with a "cottage" feel to it.

 
Posted : October 6, 2009 5:11 pm

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